Anyone else weaning? Check in here!

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Tue, 11-24-2009 - 12:17pm

I have officially begun weaning and am wondering who else on the board is weaning too?


My original goal was to EP for a year, but these days I can't imagine ever having made it that far. Pumping is just too stressful for me. I can't believe there are moms here who love to pump. If DD wasn't so incredibly clingy and always wanting to be held, maybe it would be different. I just can't pump comfortably and listen to her whine and cry. To make matters worse, I think she is teething or something because she has been worse than usual these last few days. The bout of mastitis and the breast abscess hasn't helped anything!


My mother only BFed me for 4 months, and DH didn't get ANY BM (his mother used to work in a factory and her doctor actually advised her against BFing because of the chemicals), so Elena has already done better than both of us, and by the time I am weaned she will have had close to 7 months of BM (even if it's just a couple of oz a day by the end).

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Mon, 11-30-2009 - 6:25am

I'm not sure if this counts as weaning, but I hope to be done pumping in 1.5 months or so! I'm starting to slowly shave minutes off of my afternoon pump, starting yesterday. If I love 2 pumps per day, maybe I'll stay there longer than I'm anticipating.

Like you, DS is just shy of 6 mo. My original goal was 12 weeks, then 3 months, then 6 months with breast milk. I have almost 3 months worth of milk in the deep freeze, so DS will have my milk til he's over 10 months old if I quit in about a month. All in all I think that's a success for me!

Sorry, got sidetracked there. I replied to your other post where you were at 3 pumps per day - are you still? How much are you making? I make 38-40 oz/day at 3 pumps and aren't sure how fast this process will go.


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Mon, 11-30-2009 - 1:37pm
I am still at 3 pumps per day - it took a full week but I finally lost a mere couple of oz a day. Yesterday I started dropping minutes - will drop 2 minutes (per pump) every two days, for a total of 6 minutes every two days. Yesterday I made 29 oz, which is definitely down from the 33-35 I was making a week ago! Today may be similar, since I only got 9 oz at my 3 am pump (normal since going to 3 pumps was 11 or so oz per pump). In a way, now that I'm seeing a decrease, I'm almost starting to get fleeting moments of panic (thoughts of "WTH am I doing???") but every time I pump with DD whining or crying, I remind myself why I'm quitting. Like right now, she's being extremely fussy in my arms as I type this and I have to go pump soon. Sigh.
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Mon, 11-30-2009 - 8:56pm
I had the same thought today - WTH am I doing? - while cutting minutes on my middle of the day pump. My deep freezer is almost full (not a great reason to quit, I know), but between that and wanting my body / life back it's time to start tapering for me! Like I said, I may not be a great weaning buddy as I can see myself getting down to 2 pumps per day and hanging there for a while! I'm hoping my body gradually drops ounces once I hit 2x, but we'll see.

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Mon, 11-30-2009 - 10:31pm
My DD is almost 9 months and I'm slowly weaning...it's been about three weeks and I hope to be completely done in the next week or two.
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Tue, 12-01-2009 - 10:57am
I'm 'weaning" also. I have it in quotes because I think if I get down to 2x a day I may be able to hang in there another few months. It all depends on how my supply goes. But this week I dropped to 4x a day. Every week I'll be adding 1 hr to my time between pumps until I'm down to 2x a day. Then I'll see how it goes. I'm a low volume pumper already only pumping about 18oz a day so if my supply goes way down I may be forced to stop. But I'm ready for it. DD is 5 months old and by the time I'm done "weaning" she'll be over 6 months. That was my short goal. I wanted to go a year, but that was before I realized I wouldn't have a good supply. Now I seriously hate my pump and all this animosity towards it is whats causing my lower than normal supply.. I think so anyway. So we'll see how long I can mentally and emotionally take it once I"m down to 2x a day. lol
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Wed, 12-02-2009 - 10:46pm

I consider weaning about once a week.

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Wed, 12-02-2009 - 11:50pm
I have been wanting to wean but wanted to do it slowly. Well DH has been out of town the whole week and it's hard to do my evening pump without him. Cooking dinner, feeding LO and bathing everyone.. I just can't handle that and pumping all at the same time. So I've been skipping it. I'm now down to 3x a day. Still getting the same amount ..weeny little 10oz a day. But I guess I'll go down to 2x a day in about 2 weeks. After that I don't know what I"m gonna do. I don't want to stop giving her BM but I DO want to stop pumping. I HATE it. We'll see...
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Sun, 12-06-2009 - 5:00pm

I know how you feel, I desperately want to give DD BM, but also HATE pumping with a passion. It's just too stressful and I honestly can't wait to be done. My best friend formula-fed her twins basically from birth (they may have gotten 1-2 weeks of BM) and they are now smart, healthy 3-year olds so no, formula is definitely not poison! LOL. I've pretty much made peace with weaning and am looking foward to the day I HUTH (which, according to my schedule, should actually be Christmas Eve).


I've now been weaning for 2 weeks already and am down to about 22 oz a day (from 34-35). I am still pumping 3x a day but am down to 17 minutes per pump. Tomorrow will go to 15 minutes, and starting Wednesday I will go to 2x a day - can't wait to finally drop the middle of the night pump - I haven't STTN since my water broke at 2:30 am June 1st!



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Sun, 12-06-2009 - 6:14pm

I m considering weaning too.


It s been hell lately! Bleeding cracks, mastitis or something like that and purple nipples... ugh!


My goal was 6 moths, which will be completed the 22nd of this month! Plus I'll start working full time on January, so I would have to cut that middle of the day pump anyway... I can't wait not having to get up so early to pump, and be able to go anywhere I want without having to figure out a schedule for pumping!


Although I also think that if I can get a reasonalble amount at 2x/day, maybe I ll be able to hang on a little bit more... We ll see.

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Mon, 12-07-2009 - 8:22am
Yeah I'm down to 3x a day and am slowly cutting minutes on my middle of the day pump. By Dec 13 I'll only be pumping at 5:30am and 8:30pm. It'll help alot but I plan on being completely done by Jan 1. Especially since I'm now down to only making 8oz a day now with my 3 pumps and I'm using my frozen stash up pretty quickly. I'll have given DD BM for 6 months on Dec 30, and I still cringe when I have to give her formula, but I've come to terms with HUTH and I'm definitely ready.
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